Cartier - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2004
    Case No: 2718
    Model Name: Tank Cintrée
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 9780 MC, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Brown Cartier leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold Cartier folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 23 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 121/150
    Accessories: With Cartier Certificate confirming the present watch is numbered 121 of a limited edition of 150 pieces only, product literature and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cartier launched the ‘Collection Privée, Cartier Paris’ in 1998 to celebrate the manufacture's most iconic timepieces, such as the Santos, Tank or Tortue model. Released in 2004 in a limited edition series of 150 pieces, the collection was the only model to not feature a 'Paris' signature on the dial. The present watch, numbered 121, is accompanied with all its original accessories including its original certificate.

  • Artist Biography



    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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A fine and rare yellow gold curved limited edition wristwatch with original certificate and fitted presentation box

Circa 2004
23 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed, case further engraved 121/150

HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$87,500

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